That has occurred to me. However, Rule 17(b) states the stand-on vessel, which was me according to Rule 15 (recalling that Rule 18 has been superseded), "...shall take such action as will best avoid collision". I've been instructed to make large, obvious moves, but I don't actually see that requirement in the Reg. This is a "there are rules you know" discussion, after all.
With regard to the "Large, obvious moves" It's contained in:
Rule 8b : Any action taken..."Shall be" Large enough,to be readily apparent...small adjustments of course or speed should be avoided
[/QUOTE] One could say that a full stop would have been best. I was in neutral and coasting as close to the edge of the channel as I could manage. But, defacto turns out to be incorrect, since a collision was avoided.
Still, this is a question of whether the sailboat was give way. I think they were. [/QUOTE]
[/QUOTE] 5 blasts would have been appropriate. However, Rule 9(d) says the "...vessel may use the sound signal..." It's clearly not required. [/QUOTE]
For the record....Rule 9(d) uses the word "shall" not "may"
[/QUOTE] Thanks. It was concerning, although, I was going pretty slow by then and probably would have swung hard right and full reverse about one second later. I don't recall anyone immediately behind me, but this was an active day in the harbor. Stopping in the channel would have been an obstruction to flow for sure.[/QUOTE]
Not if no-one was behind you :-)